Autumn recipes

It’s that time of the year again, leaves are changing into red, orange, and yellow, you feel like wearing comfy sweaters all the time and Starbucks has the Pumpkin Spiced Latte on sale again. Yes, it’s autumn. As long as it’s not raining all the time, autumn is a great season both fashion and food wise. In this post I’d like to share one of my favourite autumn recipes, which is a barley and butternut squash salad I ate a few weeks ago at Ginger & White.

IMG_2286

It’s a perfect dish for early autumn, when there’s still a glint of summer in the air (which is the case in London at the moment), because the cherry tomatoes and raw spinach make it taste very fresh while at the same time the barley, squash and nuts add flavours that fit with autumn. The ingredients you need are:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, all toasted
  • Walnuts, toasted
  • Spinach
  • Roasted butternut squash (preheat the oven to 200C, peel, seed, and cut the squash, drizzle over some olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and put in the over for about 30 min or until the squash is tender)
  • Barley
  • Mixed salad
  • Feta

(the amounts depend on personal preference)

IMG_2790

It’s fairly easy to make, but you do need a strong hand and a good knife to cut the butternut squash. When you’ve toasted all the seeds, roasted the squash and prepared the barley, you just mix all of it, and enjoy your lovely autumn salad!

What I think, makes a recipe autumn proof, are ingredients like pumpkin and sweet potato. I’m not entirely sure why. It might just be because of their colour, or because they are also great in soups and other warm dishes.

What do you think makes a recipe great for autumn? I’m curious to hear some of your recipes 🙂

O and in case the weather is a lot colder where you are, you should try this Pumpkin, Sage, and Feta Risotto!

Follow me on: BloglovinInstagramTwitter

Advertisements

Crazy about strawberries

Strawberries are definitely among my favourite summer fruits. A bowl full of red shining ‘zomerkoninkjes’, little summer kings as the Dutch sometimes call them, can brighten up my day in an instant. That’s also why I love trying out recipes with strawberries. I recently came across this lentil salad trough http://www.healthyfans.com, and it was absolutely delish.

strawberrysalad

All you need for a one person portion is:

  • two hands full of parsley
  • 100 grams of feta
  • 10 strawberries
  • a hand full of rucola or corn salad
  • a tin of lentils
  • one small red onion
  • a third of a cucumber
  • some pepper and salt

One of my old time favourite strawberry recipes is Eton mess. It is originally served at the cricket game of Eton College and Harrow and is very easily made. The only thing you have to do is mix strawberries, meringues and cream and you’re ready to enjoy a lovely dessert!

Of course, strawberries cannot only be eaten but are also fantastic in drinks. This little red fruit can spice up any smoothie, juice or cocktail. The Dutch liquor house Bols has several delicious cocktail recipes with strawberries, such as this strawberry ‘n balsamic martini:

cocktail strawberry

I can’t wait to make these and more recipes. It’s definitely going to be a strawberry filled summer!